Gruffalo Orienteering, Delamere Forest

Last Summer holidays we hit Delamere Forest to take part in the Gruffalo Trail and though we somehow managed to miss out a few of the pictures we still had a great day and were keen to revisit.  When I found out about the new Gruffalo Orienteering at Delamere Forest I knew we had to go!

The previous Gruffalo Trail basically involved walking around the route, following the signs and spotting some large character pictures pinned to trees along the way.  It made for a lovely walk around the forest and gave the children something a little extra to spur them on when they were getting tired.

 Gruffalo Orienteering

Gruffalo Orienteering

This year however the Gruffalo Trail has been pimped up and is now “Gruffalo Orienteering” – to take part you need to purchase your map from the Delamere Cafe at a cost of £1.50.  The pack basically consists of an A4 map and a leaflet with questions on.  The idea being that you follow the map to identify the Gruffalo markers and find the answers to the questions as you go.  I loved that this added an extra element of challenge for our boys who, now a year older, were able to have a go at following the map and were more than capable of reading and answering the questions as we went around.  It made it really exciting for them and the questions were pitched perfectly to draw out what the children already knew and add a little to their knowledge of the forest.

Gruffalo Orienteering

 Gruffalo Orienteering

 Gruffalo Orienteering

Now you can just follow the route around the forest without the map and it would make for a lovely walk, however you’d probably struggle to find the twelve Gruffalo markers as many of them are hidden just off the track – even with the map I must admit we missed out a couple!! (I blame the boys and their underdeveloped map reading skills!)  So yes, I would suggest investing in your map at the start if you do want to find them all!

Gruffalo Orienteering

We were all really excited to discover that the Gruffalo statue was still there towards the end of the route and of course couldn’t resist a photo opportunity.

Gruffalo Orienteering
Gruffalo Orienteering

In terms of accessibility you could have happily walked around with a pushchair today as the ground was quite dry however we chose to leave ours behind this time and just use carriers.  Erin tried out our new Hamahaki Hopp and Amy was more than happy to be carried around in our faithful Beco Soleil.  There were plenty of people riding bikes around the route as well – something which I’m sure our boys might enjoy another time!

Gruffalo Orienteering
Gruffalo Orienteering

Of course being super successful Gruffalo Orienteers we more than deserved our ice creams – the range of flavours available is epic and I fully recommend the blackcurrant cheesecake!  (At £2 for a generous single scoop you can’t complain.)

Gruffalo Orienteering
Gruffalo Orienteering
Gruffalo Orienteering
With plenty of space for picnicking and running around and just £6 for all day parking we managed to while away about 5 hours at Delamere Forest today with minimal effort, had the weather been a bit kinder I think we’d have been there even longer!
Gruffalo Orienteering in Delamere Forest

47 thoughts on “Gruffalo Orienteering, Delamere Forest

    1. No Kerry, if you don't do the orienteering it's still a lovely walk around the Forest with a Gruffalo statue to be found – the orienteering just adds an extra level of challenge and interest for the older ones 🙂

  1. We have got to make it back to Delamere soon, this looks great, we've loved the previous trails but the addition of the orienteering is perfect for slightly older children! A wonderful ay to spend a birthday! Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

  2. Well done the forestry Commission making a great concept even better, perfect for your children who might have been bored with the older format this year. A great challenge and lovely photos of your day out together. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  3. Delamere Forest looks great! We visited the Gruffalo at Alice Holt but this trail looks much better. Love the Ice Cream shots! #TriedTested

  4. That sounds great – we enjoyed the Gruffalo trail last year but I like this for making it a little more interesting and challenging. Toddler carriers are great though – especially with things like this when you're just not sure if it will be buggy-friendly.

  5. We did a Gruffalo trail around this time last year near us and it was great. We are hoping to go back again this year. The orienteering part sounds fun – my boy loves a map! #TriedTested

  6. Wow 5 hours is impressive. I want to take our bikes now I've got one, because it'll be safer for N than going out on the roads.

    Love the idea of orienteering. Might have to try it in our nearest forests.

  7. Everyone that goes here always says how brilliant it is. I'd love to do it one, probably should take Z with me too 🙂 oh and that ice cream, yummy!!

  8. I love the gruffalo trails and am so glad to see that they are extending them to become even more hands on and interactive. I will need to look up one a bit closer to me. Do you know if they have done the same with SuperWorm?

  9. What a brilliant day out, looks good for both little kids and big kids!!! Will definitely be adding this onto my thing to do next time we travel up north. That ice-cream looks superb

    Laura x

  10. We love the Gruffalo and have a country park near to us who have various Gruffalo themed walks (and the wooden statue!). I think my little one is a bit young for orienteering plus I'm rubbish at reading maps so we might just stick to having a nice walk if we visit 😉

  11. Wow that looks fab! We've done a couple of trails (Gruffalo's Child & Superworm) but this one looks a bit different and great for older kids.

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